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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

WSIS forum 2010 opens consultation

The forum on the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) has opened consultation for its 2010 roundtable by calling for participation.

ITRealms Online recalled that the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and UN United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) are organizing the open consultation for the forum.

They therefore invited all individuals, networks and organizations interested in this issue to participate in the three-fold process, consisting of an online discussion, a questionnaire and a review meeting.

According to UNESCO portal, 2010 is a turning point towards the achievement of the WSIS goals by 2015, hence, this year’s Forum, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland from May, 10 to 14, 2010, is an important opportunity to review the progress made in the WSIS implementation during the last five years and to reconsider strategies for the remaining five years.

And following the outcomes of the 2009 WSIS Action Line Facilitators Meeting on May, 22 2009, as well as several exchanges among WSIS stakeholders, an open consultation, focusing on the themes of the 2010 Forum, has been set up.

Details of the process to be followed prior to the forum which comes in three phases indicated that an online multi-stakeholder consultation is taking place on the online WSIS Community platform until February 5. While stakeholders are to express and exchange their ideas in order to generate possible themes and potential speakers for the 2010 Forum.

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